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The Lemon Twigs on Their Brotherly Balance, Unorthodox Love Songs, Elton John Praise

Brian D’Addario, 23, and his brother Michael, 21, were still teenagers when they signed with legendary indie label 4AD and released their debut album as The Lemon Twigs, co-produced by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. The Long Island siblings are both singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who expertly evoke the sound and spirit of ‘60s and ‘70s rock at […]

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The Late Toots Hibbert on His New Album, Telling the Truth

The world lost reggae legend Toots Hibbert on Sept. 11 (though no cause of death has been listed, he had been hospitalized with COVID symptoms prior to his death). One of the more unfortunate things, though, is that the 77-year-old Hibbert was celebrating the release of Got To Be Tough, his first album in a […]

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The Reissue Section: September 2020

The whole reissue concept didn’t come across my obsession desk until my first tour of duty at SPIN as an editorial intern in the fall of 1997.  One of my tasks during my two days in the office — back when it was on 18th St. near Academy Records — was opening the editors’ mail. I’ll […]

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Maluma on Finding His 'Voice Again' Back in Colombia for New LP

While accepting his first MTV Video Music Award in August, Colombian superstar Maluma switched to Spanish in the middle of his speech. “I’m going to say this in Spanish, though, because I feel very proud to be Latin,” he said. He proceeded to thank the fans, his family and his compatriot J Balvin for their […]

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Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show's 'Grateful For Friends' Playlist

With everyone sequestered and self-quarantining due to the coronavirus, we’ve asked our favorite artists to come up with playlists that keep you entertained. Here is Old Crow Medicine Show singer Ketch Secor: Hey Y’all, Ketch here holding on to hope and positivity that we’re all going to come through this crisis stronger, better, and more […]

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FLETCHER on How Quaranting With Her Ex Led To Her Most Honest Music Yet

FLETCHER is quite impulsive. Her new The S(ex) Tapes EP was originally set for a Sept. 18 release, but she couldn’t wait any longer and surprise-dropped it over a week early. “I just felt like it was pretty on-brand for me to leak my own sex tape,” the pop singer/songwriter tells SPIN on Sept. 9 […]

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South of Eden Cover Audioslave’s 'Show Me How to Live' for Quarantine Era

Ehab Omran of Columbus’ South of Eden has long admired Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine. However, the Jordan-born, Ohio-raised singer only learned about “this crazy band called Audioslave” in 2012. He recalls hearing the group’s song “Show Me How to Live” for the first time while in high school and being flabbergasted by their […]

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Sham Brings Joy In Our Lives With Latest EP Titled Discoveries

Sham is an up and comer artist, singer and songwriter who recently released her new EP Discoveries. As the press release mentions, “From ambient pop sonic textures to full blown rhythmic indian and latin movements, Discoveries is an extremely rich proposition to share a blend of western and eastern sounds with listeners worldwide, thanks to […]